Category Archives: Gratitude

And the Good News Is

It was one year ago today that I published my most recent blog. It was my birthday, and I was trying to put a light, humorous spin on turning yet another year older. Publicly, I was trying to smile and be … Continue reading

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Another Year Older, But I’m Not Complaining

Another year has slipped right through my fingers.  Another year of feeling the ravages of time in every creaking, Aspercremed joint, another year of watching gravity turn a pair of sock puppets and a belly button into sweaty dance partners, … Continue reading

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Embrace the Goodness

This moment—and this one, too—is filled with beauty and hope, love and joy. If you look closely, you will see all that goodness swirling around you in the faces of family and the actions of strangers. If you listen carefully, … Continue reading

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Older than Zip Codes–Yep, That’s Me

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I will be 55 years old. Fifty-five. Years. Old. The double nickel. Halfway through my fifties and skidding downhill toward my . . . I can’t even say it. Holy cow. How in the heck … Continue reading

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The Day Before Tomorrow

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson We look forward to five years down the road when we can trade in the old car, pay off the house or … Continue reading

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When the Inner Child Bubbles

“After a while the middle-aged person who lives in her head begins to talk to her soul, the kid.” –Anne Lamott, from the novel Joe Jones Yesterday morning I awoke to perfection. My eyes fluttered lazily in the pre-dawn moments … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays

In countless households all over the world, mamas and papas were smiling with joyous anticipation. The kids were coming home–all of them–all at the same time! A celebration of this magnitude required weeks of intense preparation. First, the lists had … Continue reading

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An Abundant Life, A Grateful Heart

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. . . . O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is … Continue reading

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Lucas’s Story

A couple days ago I was completing my morning scroll through Facebook when I was caught off guard by a post a friend had made–a post that contained a link to my youngest son Lucas’s latest blog. I was surprised. … Continue reading

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Remembering the Fallen and Walking on Hallowed Ground

(Originally posted on Memorial Day 2012) And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. ~Joseph Drake For many of us–and, I’m ashamed to admit, myself … Continue reading

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